What Trump Promised
As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Wisconsin families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.
He promised to lower drug prices and give Wisconsinites great health care, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions. He claimed he’d increase wages.
Here’s the Reality
He’s siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, backing a lawsuit to repeal them and promising full repeal after the next election. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.
Trump’s Broken Promise
“I'm asking for your vote so we can...save health care for every family in Wisconsin and for every family in our country.”
—Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, November 1, 2016
Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Wisconsin families.
Blocking a Minimum Wage Increase
Trump said he would veto an increase in the federal minimum wage, which would have given a raise to nearly 40 million people nationwide.
Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Wisconsin families are getting stuck with the bill.
- A 55-cow dairy farm in Wisconsin would receive a one-time payment of $725 from Trump’s farm bailout program but stood to lose between $36,000 and $48,000 in income last year, according to the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
- Meanwhile, Trump’s tariff relief aid for farmers is enriching multinational corporations like JBS, a Brazilian company that received more than $62 million in government contracts and bailouts while the company raked in $273 million in profits in the first quarter of 2019.
- In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
- 321,600 people in Wisconsin owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 45.5% of all borrowers, and 37.9% are over the age of 35.
- Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.